June 23, 2002

Saints Hire Ex-Redskins Front Office Man as Senior Football Administrator

Russ Ball has been named by the Saints as a senior football administrator. He is expected to assist GM Mickey Loomis with the financial side of player contracts and the salary cap.

Ball comes to the Saints after being fired, along with most of the Redskins front office, in January of 2002. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder fired head coach/GM Marty Schottenheimer and his entire front office staff on January 14. Ball had been the assistant director of football operations, working directly underneath Schottenheimer and alongside another executive, Mark Levin. The two had been together since Schottenheimer's days in Kansas City and Ball was known as the head coach's right hand man.

In Schottenheimer's final press conference with the Redskins, Schottenheimer singled out Ball as doing an excellent job for him and called him "a close confidante and friend of mine."

Ball went to the Redskins in February 2001 after spending two years as a senior football administrator for the Minnesota Vikings. He began his pro experience with the Chiefs ten years prior, serving most of that time as an assistant strength and conditioning coach but moving up to director of football administration for the final two years. Ball also served six years as the strength and conditioning coach for the University of Missouri.

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